Deficit and Surplus


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Deficit noun – A falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number.
Usage example: a growing deficit in the number of hours devoted to sleep

Surplus is an antonym for deficit.
Nearby Words: deficient, deficiency
Antonyms for Deficit


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Surplus noun – The state or an instance of going beyond what is usual, proper, or needed.
Usage example: we have a surplus of plastic knives, but we're short on forks and spoons for the picnic

Deficit is an antonym for surplus.
Nearby Word: surplusage
Antonyms for Surplus
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relative relative deficit relative surplus
massive massive deficit massive surplus
large large deficit large surplus
huge huge deficit huge surplus
Other adjectives: largest.

Both words in one sentence

  • Because of this trope, one key question about any superhero-containing universe is whether there is a surplus or deficit of superpowered awesomeness relative to crime and other dangers.
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Surplus and Deficit. (2016). Retrieved 2021, April 18, from
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Surplus or Deficit. 2016. Accessed April 18, 2021.

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